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Senior school reading suggestions: Home

If you are only able to read only a few books per year this is a list of "MUST READS"

Spring reading suggestions


Recommended texts for Year 11 & 12 students:


Click for a selection of recent thrillers:

Click for a selection of recent spy fiction:

Click for a selection of recent sci-fi and fantasy:

Click for a selection of recent Australian fiction:

Crossover fiction:

Recommended texts for Year 11 & 12 students:


The Great Gatsby eBook Spotify YouTube - Move trailer
Never let me go     YouTube - Movie trailer
Brave new world     YouTube - Interview with author
Extremely loud and incredibly close      
The secret river      
The reluctant fundamentalist      
Exit West      
Life of Pi      
The road      
Machines like me      
Maybe the horse will talk      
The silver linings playbook      
Forgive me, Leonard peacock      
Jasper Jones      
The Martian      
The turning      
The book thief      



Click for a selection of recent biographies:


Classic must-reads


Must read authors:


Cambridge eMembership:

We also encourage you to join Cambridge Library eMembership as this will give you access to online resources, digital audio and emagazines. Just fill out a membership application form available at the front desk of Forrest Library and we will do the rest on your behalf.

For example:

Online articles:

Forrest Library has a collection of online databases that provide access to:

  • Popular magazines and scholarly journals
  • Current newspapers and newswires
  • Television and radio transcripts
  • Audio and video clips
  • Photographs and pictures

Can browse by publication name e.g. Choice, Australian Gourmet Traveler or general topic e.g. bicycling. Endless opportunities for you to keep up with the latest information around your interests or hobbies.

More suggestions:

Have you tried LIbriVox? It provides free public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world. Classics, mysteries, fairy tales etc. For example:

Short on time? Then grab a short story which aims to be read in one sitting. There are many collections available through Forrest Library. Just look for the sticker that say "SHORT STORIES". There are also many online collections. For example:

Reader's advice:

NoveList, is our newest resource. It is the complete readers' advisory solution, engages readers and connects communities. Do you find it difficult to find READ-ALIKES? Similar authors? Similar titles? This is the solution.

Literary Award Winners:

Finally have that block of extended reading time for a challenging title? Try a literary award winner. There are many lists but this general site will give you some choices to search for using Forrest Library catalogue. Please feel free to complete a purchase request if you want us to consider buying a title for our collection. These are available from the front issue desk. 


NoveList will also list literary award winners you might like to consider. You can directly search our catalogue for titles we offer in Forrest Library. For example:

Spring suggestions 2019